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7601 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757
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Closed for lunch
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Welcome to St. Louis Catholic Church! This website lets you know who we are and how we live our life in Jesus Christ. We are people who witness to and challenge the culture around us, standing firm on our faith, a faith that is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. As stewards of this Deposit of Faith, handed down from the Apostles through the centuries, we hear God’s call to love one another, challenge our world to live in his truth, and hope in his loving providence. Thanks for visiting our website and I invite you to see how God might be calling you to join us in His work here at St. Louis.
At St. Louis, our mission is to:
- To grow in a deeper relationship with God, by our participation in the worship life of the Church, in the beauty of holiness.
- To return to God the first and best He has entrusted to our care.
- To affirm the human family and accept them with Christ as our model.
- To share the light of faith by building a community of believers.
- To minister to the poor, the lost and the rejected, sharing first and foremost God’s grace.
- To bring and share these goods, witnessing the Gospel to a world hungry for salvation.
To register as a member of the Parish, you should be 18 years or older and can do one of the following:
- You may come by the church office and fill out a membership form.
- You may pick up a membership packet after Mass on Sunday.
- You may register by phone: 512-454-0384 ext. 201
- You may download/print the Registration Form Below
If you opt to take the packet home or download the form, please complete the registration form and then:
- Return it during regular office hours.
- Giving it to a Hospitality Minister after Sunday Mass.
If you have any questions regarding the registration form, need help completing the form or would like to update your information, call Belinda Bryant at 512.454.0384 ext. 201 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The regular office hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
We are happy to have you be a part of our family here at St. Louis King of France Parish!
St. Louis is a diverse community with over 75 active ministries! Our Welcome Book is available at the welcome desk in the narthex, or in our parish offices. The Welcome Book lays out general information about St. Louis Ministries.
St. Louis King of France Catholic Church established by the first Bishop of Austin, Louis J. Reicher. Rev. Edward C. Matocha appointed as the first pastor. The first church services were held in temporary facilities at 5249 Burnet Road (a converted café).
February 1, 1953
First church services were held in the new church on St. Joseph Blvd. (now our current Parish Education Center).
First parish rectory on St. Joseph Blvd was completed.
St. Louis School opens for classes with a classroom building and convent for the Holy Cross nuns.
Secondary classroom building, administration building and kindergarten building were added to the school.
October 25, 1970
The current sanctuary and rectory, facing Burnet Road, are dedicated.
Rev. Louis J. Wozniak was appointed the second pastor.
Parish Activity Center (now known as Wozniak Hall) and Gymnasium were added to the campus. The original church was converted to a Parish Education Center.
The convent was converted to offices for use by the Diocese of Austin.
Rev. Donald Moss was named the third pastor. He initiated an addition to the school that included a dedicated science lab, music room and additional classrooms. These were dedicated in 1991.
Rev. Kirby D. Garner was appointed the fourth pastor of St. Louis. The diocesan offices moved and the original convent became the parish administrative office.
Rev. Bernard Goertz was appointed interim administrator until Rev. Charles L. Covington could take over as the fifth pastor in January 1993.
St. Louis Parish celebrated its 50th anniversary. A detailed accounting of our parish's first 50 years is available in book form in the parish office on request.
February 26, 2005
Groundbreaking was held for the new addition to the sanctuary that will include a 300-seat chapel, Adoration chapel and narthex with new baptismal font, confessionals, ministry room and restrooms.
The new chapel, Adoration Chapel and narthex began to be used by the parish. These new spaces were the culmination of 14 years of study, fundraising and almost two years of construction.
August 11, 2007
Dedication of the new chapel, adoration chapel and narthex was celebrated with Bishop Gregory Aymond on this date. Copies of the commemorative booklet from that event may be obtained from the church office or by emailing Evelyn McNair.
After 40 years, the main sanctuary at St. Louis has been renovated. Pews were removed for restoration and repair. Walls were chemically cleaned, ceiling painted, new energy-efficient lights installed, limestone tiles placed on the wall behind the altar and the back wall of the church. Terrazzo flooring was stripped, cleaned and refinished. New tile flooring now surrounds the altar area. All this work was paid with the rebates from the diocesan Our Faith-Our Legacy pledge payments and the generous contributions from many St. Louis parishioners.
Rev. James Misko was appointed the sixth pastor of St. Louis.
King Louis IX
Our patron saint, King Louis IX, was born at Poissy, France in 1214 to King Louis VIII and Queen Blanche of Castille. A member of the House of Capet, Louis was twelve years old when his father died in November 1226. He was crowned king within the month at Rheims Cathedral but because of his youth, his mother ruled France as regent during his minority until approximately 1234. She continued as an important counselor to the king until her death in 1252. On May 27, 1234, Louis married Margaret of Provence and they had eleven children. Although only eight of them lived to adulthood, their lineage continued its power in France for five hundred years.
Saint Louis ruled during the so-called “golden century of Saint Louis” when the kingdom of France was at its height, both politically and economically. He commanded the largest army and ruled the largest and most wealthy kingdom of Europe, which was the acknowledged center of arts and intellectual thought at the time. The prestige and respect for King Louis IX was due more to his benevolent personality rather than to military domination. For his contemporaries, he was the quintessential example of the Christian prince and his reputation of saintliness and fairness was already well established while he was alive.
Louis’ patronage of the arts also inspired much innovation in Gothic art and architecture. His personal chapel, the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris was built to house the Crown of Thorns and other sacred relics that he purchased from the Eastern Emperor at Constantinople and the chapel was copied more than once by his descendants elsewhere. Louis is credited with ordering the production of the Morgan Bible, a masterpiece of medieval painting. He also endowed the Sorbonne College of Theology, approved by Pope Clement IV, that became the most famous theological school in Europe.
The King himself founded a hospital in Paris that had beds for 300 patients. He also received indigent persons daily and personally saw that they were fed. He was known for changing the “King’s court” of his ancestors into a popular court, where he listened to any of his subjects who came with grievances and gave what seemed to them wise and impartial judgments. He replaced the feudal method of settling disputes by combat with peaceful arbitration and the judicial process of trial with testimony. He spent his life crusading for justice, fostering the development of standardized court procedures that helped establish order within his kingdom. He was as much a crusader to promote the common good of his subjects as he was a brave, intrepid warrior fighting the Saracens to free the Holy Land.
King Louis had a reputation of being a man of prayer, entirely devoted to his people and the spread of Christianity. He often heard two Masses daily and was surrounded with priests chanting the hours. He allowed no obscenity or profanity in his court and a Dominican who knew Louis well declared that he had never heard him speak ill of anyone. He took very seriously his mission as “lieutenant of God on Earth”, with which he had been invested when he was crowned.
To fulfill this mission, Louis led two Crusades and although the first one, (1248-1254) known as the Seventh Crusade, achieved little, it contributed to his prestige in Europe. His orders forbade the killing of any infidel prisoners and gave directions that all who might desire to embrace the Christian faith should be given instruction and baptized. In 1250, weakened by dysentery, Louis was taken prisoner in Egypt and his army ranks were thinned more by disease than by combat. During his captivity the King recited the Divine Office every day with two chaplains and had the prayers of the Mass read to him. After successful negotiations for his liberation, he was released and remained in that region until 1254, fortifying the cities of Acre, Jaffa, Caesarea and Tyre which still remained under Christian rule.
Unfortunately the Crusades were also a dark period for Christianity, reflecting the cultural prejudices so prevalent during the Middle Ages. In accordance with the teachings of the Christian religion, King Louis had forbade all forms of usury, financing his first crusade with the expulsion of all Jews engaged in usury and confiscating their property. At the urging of Pope Gregory IX, he also ordered the burning of some 12,000 manuscript copies of the Talmud and other Jewish books in 1243. Legislation against the Talmud in European courts resulted from misguided concerns that its circulation would weaken Christians’ faith and threaten the Christian basis of society, which was the monarch’s duty to preserve. Although not understood today, such zealous pursuits in the name of faith were admired and representative of that era.
King Louis’ second attempt known as the Eighth Crusade was taken when he was in his mid-50’s and successfully liberated thousands of Christian captives in the Holy Land, but sadly he died in Tunis on August 25, 1270. He was traditionally believed to have died from the bubonic plague but the cause is now thought by modern scholars to have been dysentery. Unable to speak on his last morning, history notes that at three in the afternoon he said, “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit” and quickly breathed his last. His bones and heart were taken back to France and kept enshrined in the abbey-church of St. Denis, until they were scattered at the time of the French Revolution.
As jurist, patron of arts and education, defender of the poor and needy, soldier for the faith, King Louis IX was much beloved by his people.
Because of the aura of holiness attached to his memory, many kings of France were thereafter called Louis, especially in the Bourbon dynasty, which directly descended from one of his younger sons. Little wonder that a quarter of a century after his death the process of canonization was started and quickly completed. The man who was “every inch a king” became a saint of the Church in 1297, just twenty-seven years after his death, the only French monarch so honored.